Quote of the Day: Dorothy Cotton on the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement

The activist on the ordinary people who birthed a movement.

Dorothy Cotton (Ricky Carioti/Getty Images)
Dorothy Cotton (Ricky Carioti/Getty Images)

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.